Professional Career Management

Whether you attend MBA classes in the Evening or Online, the Jenkins Career Management Center (CMC) understands career management needs for working professionals are unique and varied. Our flexible format, customized approach and commitment to all Jenkins MBA students are directly tied to your career success.


Most Professional MBA students are aiming for a trajectory change, through upward growth, lateral transition or even a new venture. We promise to educateprepare and celebrate with you on your career journey.

Professional Evening and Online MBA students typically have career needs in one of four areas, and the Jenkins CMC can provide support and guidance:

  1. Career Accelerators: The career goal of many Jenkins MBA students is to accelerate their climb through the corporate ranks of their current employers.   The MBA provides the necessary credibility, business acumen and leadership skills necessary to accelerate within the organization.
  2. Career Changers:   Some students leverage the MBA to change careers.  The MBA program teaches business skills and offers functional experiences and exposure to other industries to help facilitate change.
  3. Career Explorers:  While career changers usually have a career plan of which the MBA plays a part, career explorers may not have a plan, yet know that they don’t want to stay on their current career path.  These students use their MBA experience to explore other career options available to them given newly-acquired business skills and experiences.
  4. Entrepreneurs:  An MBA offers exposure to a wide range of issues that may make students better equipped to run a business.   The Jenkins MBA Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization concentration (Area of Emphasis for Professional MBA students) is an excellent course of studies which meets this need.

I took his (John Hutchings’)’Accelerate Your Career’ course my first semester, and it was a great opportunity to reflect and assess my professional aspirations. Now, I’m thrilled to call him a friend and mentor – he’s coached me through two job opportunities, and provided great insight and advice throughout the process.

Professional MBA student, March 2016

Networking Mixers

On a periodic basis, the CMC will host networking events and guest speakers.  We will record when we can, but for the most part the objective of these events is to build connections and there is not an instructional component.  But if you are local to the event and have the time availability, we hope you will join us.

Job Boards

On-campus recruiters who are interested in our MBAs typically look for candidates within 9 months of graduation.  You may participate in the on-campus recruiter process, but before you will be able, you will be asked to submit a resume and take advantage of some virtual teaching modules in this site to prepare you for the experience.

Virtual Resources and Tools

Professional MBA students are not on campus during weekday daytime hours, and Online students not at all. We have created a Virtual Career Center where you have 24/7 access to Interactive tools designed to help us to educate and connect with you. The CMC maintains a library of high-quality virtual materials covering management guidance, tools and videos that are continuously updated.

Career Coaching

The Jenkins CMC puts the needs of our students first. In addition to 1:1 scheduled meetings, we host regular drop-in office hours for MBA students. During these sessions, topics of coaching range from personal branding to interview preparation to salary negotiation, ensuring you begin to build your ideal career.

Workshops & Webinars

The Jenkins CMC hosts numerous face-to-face workshops to cover important topics such as best-in-class resume optimization, networking and interviewing. These are typically held on Main Campus (Raleigh) from 4:30-5:45 pm. The CMC captures lecture-style workshops on video. And, once a month, the CMC hosts a webinar for students who do not visit campus.